*Due to COVID-19, regularly scheduled events have been postponed. Please check back for future updates!

Women's Leadership Team

The Women's Leadership Team of Grace Mills River exists to complement Session in connecting women of Grace as they grow in the gospel of grace.

WLT Mission

The mission of our WLT consists of the following:

  • To encourage women in the use of individual gifts for the church body.
  • To bridge communication between women of the church, Session and Grace ministries.
  • To be a resource for women as they seek out ministry, education and discipleship opportunities.
  • To foster connections between all women of the church through education, fellowship and intergenerational relationships.
  • To complement Session in serving the women of Grace Mills River.

WLT Values

We hold to the Grace values of being Biblical, Creative, Dependent, Honest, Hopeful, Generous, Grateful, and Interdependent.

More Opportunities

The WLT encourages the women of Grace to support ministry by providing opportunities to:

  • Serve Your Community
  • Serve Your Church
  • Serve Each Other
  • Serve Together

Specific dates to serve in these areas will be posted in the bulletin, on the website calendar and on the Women of Grace Mills River Facebook page.

*See Grace Classes for more 

Community Area Women’s Bible Study
Contact: Melanie Wilkins at
Meets: Weekly on Thursday, 9:15 - 11:30am

Women of all ages are invited to a weekly Thursday Bible study 9:15-11:30 a.m. in the Education Building. Contact Melanie ( ) to register or request childcare.

Breakfast at Cracker Barrel
(on Airport Road)
Contact: MaryDean Beland,
Meets: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 9:00am

Miracles: For Real? (Women Only)
Teachers: Christy Lafferty & MaryDean Beland
Meets: Sundays 9am - 10:15am in the Education Building Room 304
All women 18 and up are invited to join us Sunday mornings as we study a miracle each week and explore together what it means for us in our everyday lives. How might this truth change how we see God, how we pray, how we see suffering and how we love others?

Friday Bible Study (Women Only)
Contact: Barbara Hebert,
Meets: Weekly on Friday, 9:00am - 11:00am
New study begins Friday, January 31st!

Friday Bible Read
Contact: Dianne Margenau,
Meets: 1st & 3rd Friday of each month,
11:00am - 1:00pm
Download the 2020 Reading Plan

Join us after the first service in the Prayer Room to pray for the Grace Church body. Contact or

 Meet the Women's Leadership Team

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Barbara Hebert


Barbara and her husband, Rick have been members at Grace for 5 years. They love living in Asheville and being close to their 3 adult children & spouses, as well as their 8 grandchildren (in Asheville, Charlotte, and Abingdon, VA). When all 16 are together, it is pretty chaotic!

Barbara enjoys being creative and is building her skills as an emerging potter. She is part of the teaching team of a women’s Bible study on Friday mornings. Look for Barbara at the Information Desk on 2nd Sunday – she loves meeting new people and welcoming them to Grace!

Contact Barbara at

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Gail Rachow


Gail has been a member of Grace since 2005. She has been active in Children’s Ministry, classes, Bible Studies and is currently serving on the Shepherding and the Women’s Leadership Teams. Gail is excited to see what God has instore for the women of Grace Mills River.

Gail and her husband John are enjoying retirement in NC. They have a son and daughter-in-law (J and Kim) in NY, a daughter and son-in-law (Jen and Bryan) and two grandsons (Dalton and Landon) in SC. Gail volunteers and the Mills River Library and enjoys making and teaching card making. She and John are British car enthusiast and participate in driving tours and car shows whenever they can.

Contact Gail at

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Julie Wallace


Julie and her husband, Brandon, have attended Grace for 20 years and became members in 2011. She has been involved in children's ministry, greeting, classes and weekly Bible studies at Grace. They have two sons: Jacob is a Junior at Asbury University and Canaan is a Freshman at Asheville Christian Academy. Julie enjoys watching them in sports and drama at their schools.

Julie is a certified Holistic Health Coach and also volunteers her time promoting organ donation awareness, kidney disease research and serves on the Board at Asheville Christian Academy.

Contact Julie at